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Burkina Faso Government Plans to Dismiss Electoral Commission

June 17, 2011

June 17 (Bloomberg) -- Burkina Faso’s government will dismiss the country’s electoral commission following the June 8 resignation from the panel by representatives from opposition parties, said Jerome Bougouma, minister of territorial administration and security.

Benewende Stanislas Sanakra, an opposition leader who lost a presidential election to incumbent Blaise Compaore in November, has been calling for the resignation of the commission’s members since that vote, alleging fraud.

The government “could not remain indifferent” to the demands for the panel’s dismissal, Bougouma told reporters in Ouagadougou, the capital, today. The state will introduce a bill at the National Assembly to approve the resignation, he said.

Burkinabe civil-society organizations also want a new electoral commission, said Francoise Yougbare, a member of a national council of the organizations. “It was time to change the members,” she told reporters.

The commission members will “respect this law and resign,” Boris Edson Yameogo, a spokesman for the group, said by phone.

Compaore won a fourth term in power with 80 percent of the vote, the commission said Nov. 25.

--Editors: Emily Bowers, Karl Maier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Simon Gongo in Ouagadougou via Accra at ebowers1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.


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